[ spur-mey-shee-uhm ]

noun,plural sper·ma·ti·a [spur-mey-shee-uh]. /spɜrˈmeɪ ʃi ə/.
  1. Botany. the nonmotile male gamete of a red alga.

  2. Mycology. a minute, colorless cell, of certain fungi and lichens, believed to be a male reproductive body, developed within spermogonia.

Origin of spermatium

1855–60; <New Latin <Greek spermátion, equivalent to spermat- (stem of spérma) sperm1 + -ion-ium

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British Dictionary definitions for spermatium


/ (spɜːˈmeɪtɪəm) /

nounplural -tia (-tɪə)
  1. a nonmotile male reproductive cell in red algae and some fungi

Origin of spermatium

C19: New Latin, from Greek spermation a little seed; see sperm 1

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Scientific definitions for spermatium


[ spər-māshē-əm ]

Plural spermatia
  1. A nonmotile cell in red algae and certain ascomycete fungi that functions as a male gamete.

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